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Kurdistan Adventures is proud to present some selected articles that highlight Kurdistan, our operations and staff.

National Geographic - We Who Face Death by LeRoy Woodson, Jr - Mar 1975

The Kurds of Iraq risk their lives daily in a desperate struggle for self-determination.

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ekurd.net - Tourism Takes Off in Iraqi Kurdistan by Tracey Shelton - May 2010

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — When it comes to dream destinations, Iraq is unlikely to rate too high on the list for the average western family holiday, but with a significant jump last year in the number of foreign visitors to the semiautonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, organized tour groups have began to see a potential marketing value in “the other Iraq”.

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Rudaw article 20 May 2010 - May 2010

In 2007, the majority of foreign tourists to Iraqi Kurdistan came from within the region, Iranians making up a significant proportion, according a Euromonitor International report released last June. Since then tourists from Europe, Australia, and America have slowly been on the increase, according to the report, but until now this group has mostly comprised of young adventurous backpackers. With package tours now on offer western tourism is beginning to diversify.

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A Facelift for an Ancient Kurdish Citadel - Time Magazine - Jul 2010

Arbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, is just 340 km north of war-torn Baghdad but may as well lie in a parallel universe. Foreigners can go about freely, crimes and violence against visitors are unheard of, and the most daunting tasks are finding one's way through labyrinthine local bazaars and keeping pace with the legendary Kurdish hospitality.

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Time Article - Tourism in Kurdistan - Aug 2010

Its origins are an archaeological riddle worthy of Indiana Jones, but it's also a beacon of an oil-rich future. Welcome to the at least 7,000-year-old Arbil citadel in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, a stunning walled fortress on a roughly 10-hectare site that some experts say is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement on earth (it's still occupied today, by a single family of 12). After years of stop-start negotiations, the citadel is finally set for a face-lift and likely World Heritage status.

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20 Best Trips of 2011 - National Geographic - Dec 2010

Considered an oasis of peace and stability in a historically volatile region, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northeastern Iraq is drawing a growing stream of curious Western visitors to its ancient cities, snowcapped mountains, and bustling bazaars.

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National Geographic 20 best trips of 2011 - KRG.ORG - Jan 2011

Highlights include Erbil’s historic citadel and Grand Mosque, the ruins of Salahaddin’s Fortress in Shaqlawa, and the Jarmo Neolithic village archaeological site (7,000 BC) located in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains.

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Kurdistan region is place for Western visitors - KURDSAT TV - Jan 2011

The 2010 expansion of Erbil International Airport — located in the provincial capital and main commercial center— has improved access to the region and helped fuel tourist infrastructure development. Recent advances include construction of several new luxury and business hotels and additional escorted small group tours focused on Kurdish ethnic heritage and historic sites.

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The 41 Places to Go in 2011 - NYTimes - Jan 2011

As United States forces withdraw from Iraq, a handful of intrepid travel companies are offering trips to the semiautonomous Kurdish region in the north, which has enjoyed relative safety and stability in recent years.

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Women are free to party in Kurdistan - The Times - Mar 2013

For too long they were are the mercy of Saddam Hussein - and he showned none. More than six years have passed since the death of the tyrant and the Kurds, at last, are learning to laugh again.

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The picnic after the pain - Wanderlust - Mar 2013

A holiday in Iraq? You bet. The northern region of Kurdistan is not only safe, it's scenically splendid, historically fascinating and fond of celebrations - to which you're warmly invited...

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On holiday in Iraq: A Kurds eye view - Financial Times - May 2013

Two British tour operators have launched holidays to northern Iraq, a region where the horrors of Saddam's tyranny are being replaced by hospitality and hope.

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Exploring Iraqi Kurdistan: Hospitality and Hope - The Week - Jun 2013

Iraq isn't an obvious place to go for a holiday, says Mike Carter in the FT. But Iraqi Kurdistan, the autonomous region in the northeast, is worlds away from the sectarian violence that still afflicts much of the country.

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Memorable Kurdistan - International Travel News - Nov 2013

The most memorable trip I have taken is the tour "Exploring Iraqi Kurdistan" from Adventures Abroad, April 13-21 2013.

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Best of the World - 20 Must See Places for 2014 - National Geographic Traveller - Dec 2013

One of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities, Arbil will make you forget everything you've heard about Iraq. The political capital of Kurdistan in northern Iraq is largely a world apart from the strife to the south.

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Where to go now - hottest holidays for 2014 - The Weekly Review - Feb 2014

Yes, Iraq. Don't worry - we're not talking Baghdad or Basra. It's the north of the country, autonomous Kurdistan, that's having a moment.

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2014 Tours of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Guided Trips - National Geographic Traveller - May 2014

Iraq: Hello, Kurdistan

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